As some of you would know we bought ourselves a Mazda BT-50 just prior to Christmas. However we haven’t had the chance to do much more than a couple of day trips in it. So we are excited to be heading off to Fraser Island for a few days. We have been wanting to go to Fraser Island for a long while now. As we are Fraser Island ‘novices’ we thought it might be a wise idea to spend a couple of days getting to know the island. We will then feel confident to take our camper trailer on our next trip.
DRIVING ON SAND
We have done some beach driving before at Rainbow Beach and also on the NSW North Coast but just short distances, whereas we know that all the driving we do on Fraser Island will be on the beach or sandy tracks. We needed to make sure we had the right equipment to take with us to ensure that if we did become stuck somewhere, we could get ourselves out again.
The most important thing to remember when driving on sand is that you must reduce your tyre pressure. A lower tyre pressure will give you better traction in soft sand and stop you digging into it. Most people recommend you drop your tyre pressure by at least 15 to 20 PSI. If you find that you are loosing momentum, you can drop them lower. Be careful not to drop them to low as this can cause the bead to break and the tyre to go flat.
Once you return to harder sand or bitumen you will need to re-inflate your tyres so a good quality air compressor that runs off the battery is an essential item. Brenden purchased a 150PSI air compressor. It is a nice compact unit and comes with a carry bag so all the attachments are in one spot. Don’t forget to include a good quality tyre pressure gauge into your kit.
Next on the list was a set of Recovery Tracks. These are hard, molded plastic with grooves and ripples in them that you can place at the rear of your wheels to help you get out of sand or mud bogs. These also came with a carry bag so you don’t end up with mud or sand all though your vehicle should you need to use them.
We will also add in a shovel, in case we need to dig ourselves out of somewhere. It might also come in handy if we need to make a bush toilet stop!
Another essential item to add to your kit is a snatch or recovery strap. We don’t have a winch yet, but a strap can still be used to tow a vehicle from a bog.
No matter where you are travelling to, a first aid kit is a must. The more remote the area you intend on travelling to, the more comprehensive your first aid kit will need to be. This post on Basic Safety Gear will give you some ideas to start your kit off. Make sure before you head off on any trip that your First Aid Kit is properly stocked. Also check for any items that may have expired and replace those items.